Featured Articles and Journals: Religion & Spirituality

March 10, 2013
It's clear, from the point of view of a dharma practitioner, that technology has been of great benefit to those who live a distance from practice centers. I've taken dozens of IDP's study-at-home classes and listened to hours of talks by teachers I...
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March 9, 2013
Buddhism, at its base, is genderless. The Buddha taught to both men and women, and he taught them the same techniques to achieve liberation from suffering. But since that time Buddhists have built a lot of male-dominated structures on that space.
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February 28, 2013
Right speech, sometimes called Wise or Skillful Speech, is the first principle of ethical conduct in the eightfold path to liberation from suffering.  ... The importance of speech in ethical conduct is clear, Bikkhu Bodhi says in his guide to...
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February 27, 2013
  I’ve always pegged “Next” as a demon. Next pushes one to bitterly reboot or insatiably chase.  Next is an instant reaction that propels one into tomorrow with (what seems like) little maturity. Devilish. Pathetic. I’ve desperately tried...
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February 23, 2013
It is important to have a healthy self image and healthy self regard. "Of course," you may say, but are you so grounded and alive in healthy self regard that it is easy to handle emotional states and moods? Because that's what it takes!We often...
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February 23, 2013
The basic problem, it seems to me, is that one can be well-intentioned and yet play an objectionable role in an economic system that has become unjust and unsustainable – in fact, a challenge to the well-being of all life on this planet. David Loy
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February 18, 2013
“Asian new year” is the commonly used nomenclature for the lunar new year celebrated in Asia - the world’s biggest and most populated continent in the world.  
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February 18, 2013
This woman is really annoying. That's the gist of what went through my mind as I sat in a noisy Chinese restaurant, at a big round table. It was Chinese New Year, and I was invited to eat and celebrate with a bunch of people. I knew some...
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February 16, 2013
On Valentine's Day, Facebook asked me if I wanted to send my spouse "a real Facebook gift." What does that mean? I asked myself (and then my Facebook friends -- who are almost real world friends). Does a "real" Facebook gift exist offline, ie IRL?...
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February 12, 2013
We fully acknowledge now, without any reservation, and with the heaviest of hearts, that because of our failure to address our teacher’s sexual misconduct, women and also men have been hurt, women and men who trusted us with their Zen practices, and...
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February 3, 2013
In this article posted in The Guardian, The Mind With Heart Network is described as dedicated to giving children the space to “investigate what happiness, empathy, altruism, and compassion are.” Founded by a group of four educators in the UK in 2010...
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January 28, 2013
Romantic love is a myth, perpetuated by Hollywood and a fascination with the idea that someone else will come along and save us from our suffering. Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown from Naropa University says romantic love has become like a...
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January 28, 2013
The controversy surrounding whether meditation practice should be accessible to those suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) brings up a lot of interesting and important questions.
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January 23, 2013
When it all goes quiet behind my eyes,
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January 12, 2013
The Buddha -- who was reluctant to teach in the first place -- didn't set out to create Buddhism. I think he'd endorse using the path he laid out to find your own wisdom. But the path requires you to keep checking in, to see if your wisdom comes...
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January 11, 2013
Are ethics and romance incompatible?
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January 10, 2013
The New York Times has an article on what to wear while meditating that notes the availability of clothes designed for meditation, such as the $1,000 sweatpants from Donna Karan's Urban Zen line. (shown below)
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December 29, 2012
“We have been raised to fear…our deepest cravings. And the fear of our deepest cravings keeps them suspect, keeps us docile and loyal and obedient, and leads us to settle for…many facets of our own oppression.” – Audre Lourde
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December 29, 2012
I've been thinking about Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man who shot his mother in her bed, killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school, then shot himself as police arrived at the scene.
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December 28, 2012
Make your New Year’s Resolution for 2013 to meditate every day! Ok, I admit, that’s too simple. If you… 1) …have a daily meditation practice, can you add one more session per day for 365 days?
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December 18, 2012
I've often heard it said that you should write for “yourself,” not for others. In some ways, I agree. It’s hard to write freely and openly if you’re constantly worrying about what others will think of your work. (Remember what William Carlos...
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December 16, 2012
We do not like to think of children suffering or dying. But they do.
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December 15, 2012
  It is almost impossible, no, it is impossible, to have any idea how to react to a tragedy as profound and senseless as the one that occurred today at an elementary school in Connecticut. It is impossible to grasp.
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December 10, 2012
  Earlier this week, a friend confided in me, but while he spoke, I was already trying to solve his problem for him in my mind. When he was done telling me his story, I began to offer advice. He seemed a bit hurt, and I realized I had not...
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December 9, 2012
For Buddhists, the Buddha is a model who provides inspiration. He walked the same path we walk and overcame many obstacles to attain enlightenment and free himself from the confusion that is samsara. The historical Buddha left the gourmet food...
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